The launch event will be hosted by co-authors Rachel Davidson, Managing Attorney for Policy & Special Projects at the Door, and Laila Hlass, professor of practice and co-director of the Immigrant Rights Clinic at Tulane Law School, featuring Julia Gelatt, Senior Policy Analyst at the Migration Policy Institute, and Maria Huerta Rodriguez, youth researcher for the End SIJS Backlog Coalition.

Highlights of the report, which will be discussed in-depth during the event, include:

• Quantified data on the impact of the SIJS backlog on children from El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Mexico obtained from a dataset of nearly 140,000 SIJS petitions, as well as 26,000 SIJS-based green card applications;
• The harms of the backlog of immigrant children, as seen through the first-hand peer interviews of impacted youth conducted by Maria Huerta Rodriguez and Ivonne Silva, End SIJS Backlog Coalition youth researchers, as well as interviews with legal services providers and child welfare agencies across the country;
• The impacts of the backlog on the United States foster care system and immigration court system;
• Key recommendations from the Coalition on the backlog, including specific federal legislative amendments that Congress should implement to provide permanent protection for tens of thousands of vulnerable immigrant children; and
• An update on the ongoing End SIJS Backlog Coalition and Door FOIA lawsuit against USCIS

Dec 2, 2021 01:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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